Autumn lawn and. garden hints provided
If you can spot webby lesions on
grass blades after dew or rainfall you
need to correct a few mistakes.
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moon is Oct. M.
Late summer drought has put
great strains on lawns, causing the
' spread of brown patch In established
fescue lawns, even though this
r condition is usually associated with
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Check with your county agent on the
general condition of your toil. He can
recommend proper fungicides for
your particular problem.
In the meantime, observe these
rules for lawn care suggested by N.
C. State horticulturists :
Maintain proper soil pH
Supply low levels of nitrogen in
Provide infrequent but thorough
Mow on a regular schedule
Fertilise in the fall
The following is a list of things you
should be sure to due during the
fourth week in October.
? Cut faded chrysanthemum plants
down to about four inches and mulch
? Dig dahlias. Store clumps upside
down in a cool dry place.
? Many poisonous plants have
developed seeds or pods by now.
Keep curious children away from
pivets, mistletoe, castor beans, yews
? Hollies are prone to harbor scsle
insects. Readers have afted what to
do about them, and right now folks,
But early next spring, stsrt
spi <iying with a graden type oil spray
once the temperature gets to 45
degrees and stays there.
We should currently be interested
in keeping these pests away from our
houseplants, now that they are in
side. Check sheffleras and jade
plants in particular. Use an old tooth
brush dipped in soapy water,
brushing the white scaly armour off
with gentle strokes.
Keep checking during the winter as
leaves which turn pale and die in
dicate that the strength of the plant is
? A good substitute for the lovely
and popular ficus inside your home
could be a palm. Obviously many are
far too big for a living area ? but
wait ? there are two your can try:
the pygmy palm will eventually get
to 12 feet in height, but that's years
from now, so go ahead and enjoy one.
The parlor palm is a good choice,
as it will grow rapidly, but only to
about eight feet.
Pygmy palms like diffused light,
preferring an east window if
possible. Parlor palms will tolerate a
N. C. horticulturists suggest using
a potting soil of one part peat, one
part garden soil (sterilized in the
oven) and one part sand. I'm not into
cooking dirt, so I tried potting soil
with a generous lacing of sand, and it
The only requirements outside o I
really being wanted would be to keep
the palm on the warm side, sponge its
leave regularly to eradicate dust,
and let dry out a bit before watering.
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